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Detection Dog Inspections and Training
K9 Inspections - Drug, Explosive and Bed Bugs
A. No, we may use pseudo in some working scenarios, but the dogs are certified with real drugs from recognized organizations.
A. Our dogs will clear 1400 lockers in 1 hr. and consistently find substance.
A. I have seen too many problems with the dog from handler to handler. The larger companies have a big problem with maintenance with these dogs and handlers. One handler might work the dog one way and another handler has a different view on working him. It leaves the dog confused.
A. I do know this, that my dogs will check doors on living quarters, and with the user going in and out, my dogs will give an indication.(Vapor trail)
A. Our dogs have found and indicated on the new formula as well as the old.
A. NO ! if they stop learning they should stop training.
A. It could be a problem if not trained and handled properly. The dog could be thinking more of the Protection instead of Detection work.
A. No, I have found that it is too dangerous but it has been found by our K9 because users have had other drugs stored in same areas.
A. No, because he is moving so quickly he is using his nose, not his eyes.
A. I find that the dog has a much clearer head about searching them, and they check the seams of containers much better.
A. My own personal thought is that it is not enough for a dog to stay focused and consistent.
A. I am not a fan of food reward, but that doesn’t mean to say that it is not good. There is too much controlled feeding. A drug dog has to work sometimes as much as 8 hours, so this could cause the dog to lie to get fed.
A. They should absolutely be in separate containers, one for drugs, one for explosives. Do not contaminate one to the other. If you are going to hide drugs and explosive in the same day, make sure your hands are clean or wear nylon gloves.
A. In training I keep it in my right rear pocket away from the dog, not allowing him to see where I put it. Another place is in my collar on the right side of my neck.
A. I do all the hard work with one odor and then change to another odor – one at a time. You have to do this even if you are starting with all the odors as well. If you understand it, there is nothing wrong with it.
A. No less than once a month for formal maintenance, and as often as once a week. Document every time you work the dog. It is common when you are working the dog to recalibrate before, during and after searches.
A. Praise him and when possible take him away. Hand search the area and if possible bring the dog back, re-indicate and then reward only if you find substance,
A. Make sure the dog has been fed and watered earlier. At the site take him for a walk and make sure he relieves himself before entering any building.If the dog starts the search thinking about relieving himself he will not have a clear head.
A. As long as the dog is never allowed to get a primary reward by grabbing it, you will have no problems with it being there.
A. I use a kongs, or rubber balls. I use tennis balls with the smaller breed dogs because I have had a few instances when the tennis ball will get full of saliva, there is a chance it will slip down the dogs throat especially in the larger breeds.
A. Once the dog is certified, I keep maintenance records. It is a simple form but documents your work.
A. No, I may do one loaded room and two empty. Just like the blocks and the lockers. Empty and loaded
A. I don’t necessarily teach the dog to hit on residue, but what I do, is make a hide, leave it for 15 minutes, take it out, close the door and leave it for a ½ hr. and then test the dog to see if he indicates. This is all done blind – I don’t know which locker, drawer, or container it is.
A. If I was going to use gloves at all I would use nylon. The rubber gloves usually have powder inside which gives you another contaminating odor. If you follow procedure correctly with no gloves, walk around each hide room, making contact with your body and hands. Wash your hands with warm water, no soap, then put your odor in each room.
A. No, not at all. As long as you eliminate the ball systematically and you know where you are and where you are going to finish up with just substance.
A. In everything that you do, the foundation is the most important part of your training. So many times you will see some novice dog handlers trying to teach the “sit” to the dog, and trying to work him at the same time.It becomes real distracting to the dog when he doesn’t know the proper reaction to odor. Smell – Sit at source – Reward at source. Not to be thrown in a totally other direction.
A. Some Companies do in house certification, which does not give you an independent view of your handler and dog working. I have all my dogs independently Certified annually with American Working Dog Association. They are not only independently certified, training records are up to date, and maintained regularly in house.
A. No they are trained to find substance and are rewarded by their toy.
A. The dog can tell you where the drugs are or have been.
A. He has been called in court as an expert witness many times.
A. Yes, we have never had anyone supply us with trained dogs. We have also supplied many companies in Ontario with our trained dogs, ( drugs and bombs).
A. Yes, we work with many Police Departments and private organizations that have real substance.
A. Presently Detection dog Certifier and Master Trainer by American Working Dog Association of North Carolina. Past Director for Canine Accelerant Dog Association, CADA. National organizations have been established in the United States longer than they have been in Canada. Detection dogs are now more popular in Canada than they used to be.
A. Owner of the first privately owned and trained accelerant dog in Canada. One of two Canadians to work overseas training dogs and handlers to detect Landmines.First Canadian to work his own landmine detections dogs in the mine fields. ( My SOP’s accepted by the UN that I had to walk in the field that my dog cleared) Who would you trust?
A. We use Mistral to confirm the indications for the drug dog and have used a portable x-ray machine on containers the bomb dogs have indicated on.
A. We pride ourselves in being able to have dogs and handlers, proficient, professional and on time.